`Sangeethotsava' in Mangalore from Friday

Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: From this Friday, Mangaloreans will get a chance to attend a three-day festival of Carnatic vocal and instrumental concerts.

The Sangeetha Parishat, Mangalore; the Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan; and the Manikrishna Swamy Music Foundation, Surathkal, are the organisers of the "Sangeethotsava", which is dedicated to the memory of M.S. Subbulakshmi and Kanchana V. Subbaratnam. The concerts will be held at the Town Hall.

On the first day, Nagesh Bappanadu from Mulki will present his nadaswara concert, which will be followed by a vocal concert by M.S. Sheela of Bangalore. Maruthi Prasad, a visually impaired artiste from Bangalore, and Sanjay Subramanyam of Chennai will present vocal concerts on the second day. On the first two days, the concerts will be held in the evening.

On Sunday, Sharada Chinmayee of Udupi will present a vocal concert followed by a violin concert by Sangeetha Kalanidhi T. N. Krishnan and Viji Krishnan of Chennai. Later, B. Prasanna Kumar Ballal of Mysore will present a mandolin concert. The 11th annual Sangeethotsava to be organised by the parishat will end with a vocal concert by Serthalai K.N. Ranganatha Sharma of Madurai.

This year's Sangeetha Samrat Award, instituted by the organisers of the festival, will be presented to Sangeetha Kalanidhi T.K. Govinda Rao of Chennai. It carries a cash prize of Rs. 25,000, a citation and a shawl. Mr. Govinda Rao has been selected for his contribution to Carnatic music and his research in Dasa Sahitya. Vishweshatheertha Swamiji of Pejawar Mutt will present the award, according to Ganesh Karnik, president of the parishat, and P. Nityananda Rao, its organising secretary.

Mr. Rao won the title, Sangeetha Kalanidhi, from the Music Academy of Chennai in 2000.